Pacific Northwest Lodge with Spa, Golf Course, and Private Beach Access
Flanked by beach and bluffs, the Salishan Spa & Golf Resort spreads across 350 wooded acres accessible via a private, spruce-lined drive. When the hotel was built in 1965, original owner John D. Gray obviously wanted it to match the beauty of its setting. The interior incorporates native stone, intricate woodwork, hand-blown glass, and contemporary artwork, taken from Gray’s own collection, showcasing more than 100 regional artists.
The resort’s 205 spacious rooms feature warm earth tones, vaulted ceilings, and natural light from large windows. Private balconies overlook Siletz Bay, the golf course, or the surrounding forest.
For those searching for a memorable setting for a wedding or vow renewal, Salishan creates nuptial celebrations to order. Couples can say “I do” in front of floor-to-ceiling windows in the expansive meeting rooms or outdoors while standing on Salishan’s private beach or treading water in the pool. As general manager Jason Connor puts it, “Your special day is limited only by your imagination.”
With so many activities onsite, guests may never feel compelled to leave the grounds. The 18-hole golf course, redesigned by PGA pro and Oregon native Peter Jacobsen, unfurls next to dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean. Youngsters can keep themselves occupied with an 18-hole putting course, an arcade, and a supervised children’s activity center for kids aged 4–11. Five onsite restaurants span the casual-to-gourmet spectrum. The recently renovated Prime Steakhouse serves dry-aged steaks and an extensive wine list, and the more laid-back Attic Lounge offers Tillamook cheeseburgers and small plates.
For a truly relaxing experience, the onsite spa offers whirlpools, saunas, and a decadent menu of rejuvenating spa and salon treatments. Couples can indulge in a side-by-side massage in a dual massage room with a warming fireplace en suite.
Gleneden Beach, Oregon: Small Coastal Community Set amid Beachfront State Parks
Located on the central stretch of Oregon's 363-mile coastline, Gleneden Beach is a small hamlet along coastal Highway 101 that’s only slightly larger than the resort itself. The tiny windswept town is home to two annual kite festivals and is a good spot for testing the holding power of one’s hairspray. It’s situated smack-dab between two larger coastal cities, Newport and Lincoln City, both of which abound with opportunities for beachcombing, whale watching, and browsing in boutiques and bookstores. Newport’s Oregon Coast Aquarium includes outdoor exhibits where harbor seals, otters, and sea lions frolic in their natural habitats. A 200-foot underwater tunnel provides near 360-degree views of sharks, giant octopi, and other creatures of the deep.